What type of birth certificate is needed for a passport application?
Some passport applications require a long form birth certificate which provides the parental information of the subject and more information than a short form birth certificate.
A short form birth certificate includes basic information and can be used as identification. It includes this information:
- last name
- given name(s)
- date of birth
- certificate number
- date of registration
- registration number, and
- date issued
A long form birth certificate is a certified copy of the birth registration. You might need it if you:
- move to another country
- become an executor for a foreign estate
- are adopting a child abroad, or
- fill out certain citizenship or immigration documents
If you are unsure if you need a short form certificate or long form certificate, please check with the Ministry, government agency, or person requesting the document before you order.
Before you order a birth certificate, check the Passport Canada list of acceptable documents to ensure you are ordering the correct version.